The Fisher King
The Fisher King (1991)

Terry Gilliam directed this adaptation of Richard LaGravenese's mystical (and mythical) tale of redemption in the hard-time town of New York City. Jeff Bridges is shock radio DJ Jack Lucas, whose low opinion of humanity lends itself… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 20, 1991
DVD Release Date: February 16, 1999
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An odd but affecting mixture of drama, comedy and fantasy, The Fisher King manages to balance moving performances from Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges with director Terry Gilliam's typically askew universe.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Visually impressive, frequently pretentious, and extremely fluid as narrative (the 137 minutes sail by effortlessly), this mythic comedy-drama presents Gilliam as half seer, half snake-oil salesman and defies you to sort out which is which.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Scary, touching, often hilarious, this modern fairytale is surprisingly enchanting.

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Christopher Machell

Gilliam is not a director who does things by halves, and The Fisher King is as funny and emotive as the best of his work. Indeed, it's the heightened humanity of this film that resonates the strongest.

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Variety Staff

The Fisher King has two actors at the top of their form, and a compelling, well-directed and well-produced story.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

For every wild ride through Manhattan by an imaginary Red Knight trailing billows of flame, there is a small, comic encounter in a more down-to-earth mode.

Kate Muir
Times (UK)

The search for the Holy Grail reaches peak insanity in this wild, redemptive ride through two men's interconnected lives.

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David Ansen

Working within the constraints of a big studio film has brought out Gilliam's best: he's become a true storyteller and a wonderful director of actors. This time he delights not only the eye but the soul.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

So what if it's not perfect? It's magic.

Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Intense '90s drama has gory violence, mature themes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
A powerful and moving performance by Robin Williams is tempered by Jeff Bridges who just doesn't seem up to the task of portraying a character of any… More
Chris Weber
Leave it to Terry Gilliam to take a story about redemption and turn it into something quirky and off the wall. Jack Lucas is a radio shock jock whose rantings… More
Dan Schultz
An intriguingly original mix of fantasy, drama, and comedy concerning a brash radio host (Jeff Bridges) who feels responsible once one of his listeners goes off… More
Lucas Martins
A surrealist drama/comedy with a great duo by Williams and Bridges, just like Gilliam's direction and a moving script by LaGravenese in the time when he… More
Spencer S.
With the death of Robin Williams, in review this film may be one of his performances that leave you heartbroken. Williams plays Parry, a homeless vagrant who is… More
xGary Xx
An ex shock jock DJ whose flippant tirade caused a mentally unstable listener to go postal finds a chance at redemption when he encounters a delusional tramp… More